CSO Members,


Thanks for reading another edition of the CSO Newsletter Members Only Section. Please see the below Members Only announcements and information. Also, please remember to check out the regularly updated CSO Members Only website.


It was impressive to see many of you at the RAE-CSO Summit in Long Beach last week. Upon initial review, this Summit was not only a success for its robust content and networking opportunities, but for elevating the stature of coastal management nationally in front of an international audience of over 1,000 attendees. If you wish to review the state coastal zone management programs presence at this gathering of coastal experts, practitioners, and leaders, please see the document here.


From the Hill:


The White House has signaled support for a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government through February 8, 2019. The Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations that funds CZM Grants will be part of this continuing resolution and remain at $75 million for the time being. However, unless the new House Majority decides to reopen negotiations on FY2019 spending, the appropriations package that has already been negotiated will most likely be passed as an omnibus in early 2019. With the House providing level funding for CZM Grants from FY2018 and the Senate increasing the line by $5 million to $80 million total, there is a chance the CZM Grants receive the additional funds once an omnibus FY2019 bill is passed.


Also, a reminder that the 2019 State Fact Sheet Questionnaire was sent to members in November, please try and fill the questionnaire out as soon as possible. If you have questions or concerns about the questionnaire or State Fact Sheets please contact Grant Williams at gwilliams@coatalstates.org.



CSO Work Group Updates:

Please note that each CSO Work Group now has a dedicated page in the CSO Members Only website with up to date information.


Coastal Nonpoint Work Group:  CSO’s Conditionally Approved State Call has been rescheduled to Tuesday, January 8th at 3:00 pm ET due to the Holidays. During our next call, we will go back to the basics and discuss best practices for developing submissions for federal team review. Best practices are based on our joint NOAA-CSO fellow’s experience working with the federal team to review state submissions and will include real-world examples from your peers.


The full Coastal Nonpoint Work Group will also meet next month on Monday, January 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET.  Be on the lookout for agenda items in the near future.


If you have any questions, please contact Bridget Faust at bfaust@coastalstates.org.



Communications Work Group: The Summit was a big success thanks to all of our coastal partners. The CSO staff shared a number of posts highlighting the event, on our social media channels. Check them out. The Summit presentations should be posted by the end of January and we will share the link via social media and in our newsletter.


The Communications Work Group continues work on the Extreme Weather Fact Sheet. We still need photos and success stories. We would like to have one story per region and need stories and photos from the membership. Let us know if you have a project or initiative that you would like to highlight.


Reminder – if your program uses social media – Please follow the CSO pages and re-share, retweet, repost our posts. We post items that benefit the overall CZM community and need your help to ensure that we reach as large of an audience as possible. We thank you in advance for your assistance. The CSO social media pages are: Facebook:@CoastalStatesOrganization  Instagram@coastalstates_cso  Twitter@Coastal_States



Coastal Hazards Planning and Adaptation Work Group:  Thanks to those participants who joined us for the first Coastal Hazards Planning and Adaptation Work Group Peer-to-Peer knowledge exchange webinar held on November 29th. This call featured participants from the Indiana and Wisconsin coastal programs, and a non-profit partner, the Wisconsin Wetlands Association. Please join us for our next call on January 31, 2019 at 3:30ET and visit the Work Group webpage for materials from the webinar. Happy Holidays and we look forward to meeting with you again in the new year!



Other Updates:


CSO members Only Website Update: A new members only calendar / event listing is now live on the CSO members only website. Please see the event listing on the left side of the Members Only homepage, and click the link for the full event calendar. If you would like to share an event with CSO members through the calendar and/or the biweekly newsletter, please send information to John Ryan-Henry (jryan-henry@coastalstates.org).


Spring 2019 Roundtable on Managed Retreat Policies as a Strategy for Adapting to Coastal Change: In Spring 2019, Georgetown Climate Center will host a roundtable in Washington D.C. with academic experts and state and local leaders to discuss opportunities and challenges associated with retreat as a strategy for adapting to sea-level rise. GCC is interested to hear from any CSO members that would be interested in participating or presenting. If you are interested in joining this event, please reach out to John Ryan-Henry at jryan-henry@coastalstates.org.


Coordination with State Water Agencies – Association of Clean Water Administrators 2 Question Survey: CSO is seeking out NGO partners to work with more closely to develop tools and resources that can help further the Coastal Management Program reach. We have identified the Association of Clean Water Administrators as a potential partner for future work.


Please answer this short survey to help us understand how you are currently working with ACWA members (state water agency officials) and what your shared interests and priorities may be.


National Estuary Programs and Coastal Program Integration Project Update: As described at the CSO Fall Members Meeting, the USEPA is seeking to comprehensively understand the integration between National Estuary Programs (NEPs) and state CZM Programs, nationally. We are seeking to create a national view of the partnership landscape that can be used to message to USEPA leadership and external stakeholders about tangible on-the-ground examples of cooperative federalism. And we are employing a two-step approach to complete this work. The first step involved an analysis of existing NEP and CZM Program materials that are publicly available. This literature review helped us develop a high-level view of the 28 NEPs and their 20 state CZM Program partners, including the nature of their institutional alignments and overlapping priority areas.


In January, the project will be moving into a second phase whereby Bri Cotti-Rausch and contractors from Industrial Economics (IEc) will be reaching out to individual CZM Program Staff and NEP Staff. We will be conducting brief interviews with the appropriate Staff to collect more details about how the two programs work together in several states. These interviews will help IEc create a database of success stories that highlight lessons learned and tangible outcomes that have resulted from working together. Among other things, we hope to understand the following:


  • The value-added of each program to their partnership work;
  • Different opportunities to work together that have resulted given the unique institutional placements found across the partnership landscape;
  • Examples of how funding resources are leveraged to complete on-the-ground projects;
  • How NEPs serve as delivery mechanisms for USEPA data, tools, funding, and other resources; and
  • Opportunities to enhance NEP-CZM collaborations in the future.


The national programmatic overview and individual success stories will be synthesized into a whitepaper report, informational one-pagers, as well as an online geospatial Story Map viewer. We intend for these tools to help USEPA message about how these collaborations are achieving overlapping goals of NEPs and CZM Programs that include improving waters, habitats, and living resources while balancing the needs of coastal communities. From the CSO perspective, we hope to use this partnership with EPA to increase the visibility of coastal programs nationally and to find opportunities to strategically leverage federal resources and investments in the coastal zone that will further the reach of coastal programs. Please be in touch with bcotti-rausch@coastalstates.org with any thoughts or questions.



Thank you for reading another edition of the CSO Member’s only newsletter and please be in touch with myself or relevant staff on any of the items above.  For myself and the CSO Team, I want to wish you all safe and enjoyable holidays with friends and family.




Bradley Watson

Executive Director

Coastal States Organization